Top Ten Saddest Musician Deaths of the 20th Century

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1John LennonJohn Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40 .

The way Lennon died was one of the most horrible ways possible. He wasn't battling cancer. He didn't suffer a cardiac arrest. He didn't suffer an overdose of drugs. And he didn't suffer a disease. He was shot. He was only 40 years old. We miss you, Lennon! - EpicJake

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2Freddie MercuryFreddie Mercury was born in Stone Town, Tanzania he later became a British singer, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range. Before he became a singer he has been ...read more.

Even though he is on top #3 pretty soon he will be on top of the list. - zxm

A great leader and a great singer and songwriter. - EpicJake

Just saying but wheres Michael Jackson? - micahisthebest

AIDS are awful for him and Jim Hutton. - Music_Lover123

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3Elvis PresleyElvis Presley was a American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. ...read more.

Presley died in arguably the most unhealthy way possible. He died of an overdose of drugs and junk food in Memphis, TN. He was only 42 years old. - EpicJake

Update : I just recently read that he had some genetic problems.which could be a cause of his heart attack.that's mean there's no surety that he died because of drugs - zxm

I know people are saying that he died because of drug.But from what I heard he didn't die because of drug.He gained too much fat.But his fans would want him as the same presley as 50s.that's why he was taking treatments to lose fat.And thus he died.(again I heard not sure) - zxm

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4Cliff BurtonClifford Lee "Cliff" Burton was an American musician, best known as the second bass guitarist for the American thrash metal band Metallica from December 1982 until his death in September 1986.V1 Comment
5Kurt CobainKurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1988, he started the grunge band Nirvana. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his Seattle home in 1994.

Courtney Love is responsible for his death.

He died horribly. His cause of death was that he committed suicide. - EpicJake

6Bon ScottRonald Belford "Bon" Scott was a Scottish-born Australian rock musician, best known for being the lead singer and lyricist of Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1974 until his death in 1980. He was born in Forfar and lived in Kirriemuir, Scotland, for 5 years before moving to Melbourne, Australia, ...read more.

There's no one like Bon Scott. Voice or personality

7John BonhamJohn Henry Bonham was born on May 31, 1948 in Redditch, United Kingdom. Bonham (nicknamed Bonzo) was a professional hard rock drummer who was best known for being the drummer in the band Led Zeppelin. Bonham was also one of the background singers in the band. His drumming is mainly displayed on the ...read more.
8Harry Chapin
9Buddy HollyCharles Hardin Holley, known as Buddy Holly, was an American musician and singer-songwriter who was a central figure of mid-1950s rock and roll.

His death truly was the day the music died

R.I.P Big Bopper, Buddy Holly, and Richie Valens. The Day The Music Died

10Jim Morrison

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11Christina GrimmieChristina Victoria Grimmie (March 12th 1994 - June 11th 2016), known on YouTube as zeldaxlove64, was an American singer-songwriter known for participating in The Voice and for her covers of hit songs by contemporary pop musicians. She was shot dead during a meet-and-greet in Orlando, Florida, by fan ...read more.V3 Comments
12Duane AllmanHoward Duane Allman was an American guitarist, session musician, and co-founder and leader of the Allman Brothers Band until his death in a motorcycle crash in 1971, when he was 24 years old.
13TupacTupac Amaru Shakur, also known as 2Pac, was an American rapper and actor born on June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, New York. Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide and has been referred to in multiple major publications such as Rolling Stone as one of the greatest music artists of all time. 2Pac was ...read more.
14Eazy EEric Lynn Wright better known by his stage name "Eazy-E", was an American rapper who performed solo and in the hip hop group N.W.A. He is affectionately called "The Godfather of Gangsta Rap". He was born to Richard and Kathie Wright in Compton, California. On March 26, 1995 Eazy-E dies from complications ...read more.V1 Comment
15Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated ...read more.V1 Comment
16Jim Croce
17Ritchie Valens

So sad that he died from a coin toss if he lost we would still have him. R.I.P Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and Big Bopper. The Day The Music Died.

18Richard ManuelRichard George Manuel was a Canadian composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the pianist, regular lead singer, and occasional drummer of The Band.
19Ronnie Van Zant
20The Notorious B.I.GChristopher George Latore Wallace, better known by his stage name, The Notorious B.I.G (a.k.a. Biggie Smalls), is consistently ranked as one of the best rappers of all time. The Notorious B.I.G was born May 21, 1972, he was born in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of 24 The Notorious B.I.G was murdered ...read more.V1 Comment
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1. John Lennon
2. Harry Chapin
3. Buddy Holly
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1. Freddie Mercury
2. Elvis Presley
3. Kurt Cobain
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1. Elvis Presley
2. Freddie Mercury
3. John Bonham
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